ESRAC Conference - Final Schedule

Here is the final schedule for the 2016 Conference.

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Eastern States Rock Art Research Conference 2016 Agenda

Friday, May 27th: Field Trip

Breakfast on your own.

8:00am            Departure—we will meet at the Inn lobby for opening remarks and a brief review of the day’s agenda before departing via Tennessee State Parks charter bus. Seating is limited, to reserve your seat email Sierra Bow at swentwo1@vols.utk.edu. Reservations will be accepted until the bus is filled.

10:30am          Arrive at Dunbar Cave State Park where Dr. Jan Simek will guide us through the cave and discuss the art. After the tour we will have lunch at the park. You may either bring your own lunch or purchase a picnic lunch for $11. Options for provided lunch are listed below.

1:30pm            Depart from Dunbar Cave State Park

2:30pm            Arrive at Sellars Farm State Archaeological Area where Dr. Kevin Smith will guide us through the site.

4:00pm            Depart from Sellars Farm and travel back to Fall Creek Falls State Park

6:00pm            Dinner will be on your own

7:00pm            Keynote address will be given by Dr. Kevin Smith at the Fall Creek Falls Inn.

 

Friday Picnic Lunch – $11.00 per person

Picnic Lunch Options: There are three different options for your lunch, each are $11 per person.

  • Option 1: Croissant, Sandwich, or Wrap (choice of one). Ham, turkey, chicken, tuna salad or roast beef and cheese. Comes with a dill pickle spear, bag of chips, cookie or brownie, and your choice of soda or bottled water.
  • Option 2: Chicken Tenders (2 pieces). Comes with potato wedges, baked beans, cookie or brownie, and your choice of soda or bottled water
  • Option 3: Old Fashioned Hamburger. Comes with potato wedges, baked beans, cookie or brownie, and your choice of soda or bottled water

If you choose a picnic lunch, please email your lunch option to Sierra at swentwo1@vols.utk.edu by Monday, May 23rd

 

Saturday, May 28th

7:30-8:15am                Registration

8:15-8:30am                Opening Remarks

8:30-9:30am                Papers

9:45-10:00am              Morning Break

10:00-11:15am            Papers

11:30am-12:30pm       Lunch on your own

12:30-1:30pm              Papers

1:45-2:00pm                Afternoon Break

2:00-3:00pm                General Membership Business Meeting

5:30pm                        ESRARA Banquet and Auction

Sunday, May 29th

Explore on your own and depart.

ESRAC 2016 Conference Updates

The 2016 Conference Agenda is now available! There have been a few changes to the schedule and the field-trip has been included. This year we will be visiting Dunbar Cave State Park and the Sellars Farm State Archaeological Area. We will travel as a group via Tennessee State Parks charter bus. There is no cost for registering for the rock-art tour, except the optional picnic lunch for $11. If you do not choose the picnic lunch you are responsible for bringing your own lunch, we will not be stopping at any fast-food chains. Seating is limited on the bus. Email Sierra M. Bow at swentwo1@vols.utk.edu to secure your seat.

We will be accepting abstracts until the conference is filled. If you are interested in presenting a paper, please send your 300-word or less abstract to Sierra M. Bow at swentwo1@vols.utk.edu. All electronic submissions should be in Microsoft Word format.

The block of rooms at the Fall Creek Falls Inn will be held until Monday, April 25th at 5:00PM (not Tuesday, April 26th). Reservations can be made by phone by calling 1-800-250-8610 and identifying yourself as a member of the ESRARA group or online at http://tnstateparks.com/parks/inn/inn-at-fall-creek-falls. If reserving online enter “6353” under the “Special Rates”/“Group” tab to reserve your room as part of the ESRARA group.

ESRAC 2016 - Call for Papers

Eastern States Rock Art Research Conference

Call for Papers

May 26th-29th, 2016

The 2016 Eastern States Rock Art Research Conference will be held at Fall Creek Falls State Park in Spencer, Tennessee. Those interested in presenting a paper should send a 300 word or less abstract to:

Sierra M. Bow, M.A.

Department of Anthropology, University of Tennessee

250 South Stadium Hall

Knoxville, TN 37966

Email—swentwo1@vols.utk.edu

The deadline for abstract submission is April 22nd, 2016. All electronic submissions should be in Microsoft Word format. Participants will be allocated 15 minutes for their presentation. A digital projector and laptop will be available for use as well as a dry erase board. Please let Sierra know if you have any additional equipment needs. The field-trip will be on Friday May 27th and the paper conference will be all day on Saturday May 29th with a banquet dinner and keynote speaker to follow.

Click here to register for the conference.

ESRAC 2016 Conference

The 2016 ESRARA meeting is scheduled to be held at Fall Creek Falls State Park in Spencer, Tennessee on May 26th-29th. Fall Creek Falls State Park is Tennessee’s largest state park, encompassing more than 26,000 acres across the eastern top of the Cumberland Plateau. The natural landscape is filled with cascades, gorges, waterfalls, streams and stands of virgin hardwood timber. Fall Creek Falls State Park is also home to one of the highest waterfalls in the eastern United States, Fall Creek Falls, at 256 feet. Facilities in the park include an inn, cabins, campsites, golf course, swimming pool, nature center, an adventure zipline, and full service restaurant.

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Fall Creek Falls State Park
2009 Village Camp Road
Spencer, Tennessee 38585

Map & Directions

A block of rooms has been reserved for May 26th-29th for the Inn at Fall Creek Falls State Park. Room rates for the Inn are $85/night for a queen room and $95/night for a king room. Check-in time is 4:30PM. Check-out is 11AM. The block will be held until 5:00PM on Monday, April 25th, 2016. Each individual guest is responsible for making their own reservation before Monday, April 25th, 2016. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-250-8610 and identifying yourself as a member of the ESRARA Group or online at http://tnstateparks.com/parks/inn/inn-at-fall-creek-falls. Find the “Inn” tab on the left hand side, then “Reserve Now”. Once directed to this page under the “Special Rates” tab, highlight “Group” and enter “6353” to reserve your room as part of the ESRARA conference. The first night stay for each room you reserve will be charged to your credit card to confirm your reservation(s).

Schedule of Events:

Thursday May 26th– Arrival

Friday May 27th– Rock art field-trip, details will come soon

Saturday May 28th– Conference; Business Meeting; ESRARA Banquet and Auction; Keynote speaker

Sunday May 29th– Departure

Click here to register for the conference.

 

 

 

 

Illinois National Register of Historic Places Nominations

This last spring Mark Wagner and Eraina Nossa of the Center for Archaeological Investigations prepared National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) nominations for five prehistoric rock art sites located on state and federal land within Illinois. We are happy to report that all five have been accepted and are now listed on the NRHP.

CAI staff are currently working on five additional rock art site nominations, three prehistoric and two historic. The prehistoric sites include the Trestle Hollow site, which consists of 22 pit and groove designs engraved on a vertical rock face within the Shawnee National Forest (SNF) overlooking the Mississippi River. Although this site was not officially recorded until the 1970s, a recently discovered photograph shows that the site was known as early as the 1950s (Figure 1). The white chalk, which the photographers used to make the images stand out, has long since washed away.

Figure 1. Chalked in Pit and Groove designs at the Trestle Hollow site,   Ca. 1950.

Figure 1. Chalked in Pit and Groove designs at the Trestle Hollow site,
Ca. 1950.

The second prehistoric site being nominated to the NRHP is the Prang site, which also is located on SNF land. A geologist named Henry Worthen first described this site in the 1850s, but it was not relocated by archaeologists until the 1980s (Figures 2-3).

Figure 2. Prang Site Shelter, 2014

Figure 2. Prang Site Shelter, 2014

Figure 3. CAI Archaeologists Documenting Prang Site, 2014

Figure 3. CAI Archaeologists Documenting Prang Site, 2014

The Prang site contains numerous petroglyphs including grooves, bowl-like depressions, bird tracks, a  human figure, and other designs (Figures 4-5). A small charcoal-drawn pictograph also was discovered during a 2014 visit to the site.

Figure 4. Abraded Images, Prang Site

Figure 4. Abraded Images, Prang Site

Figure 5. Human Figure, Prang Site

Figure 5. Human Figure, Prang Site

The three historic sites  (Thompson, Battery Rock, and Henry Angel) are located on both federal (SNF) and state (Illinois Department of Natural Resources) land. All three consist of names and other images carved by Union soldiers during the Civil War. Southern Illinois, which had been settled by southerners, was split in its loyalty during the Civil War and we suspect that all three sites may have been created as a warning to southern sympathizers in the region.

This is definitely the case with the Thompson site where two brothers, Albert and T. W. carved their name and unit (the Fremont Body Guard, which was an elite regiment organized by John C. Fremont early in the war) as a warning to southern sympathizers known as the “Knights of the Golden Circle” in rock overhangs located on their land (Figure 6).

Figure 6. Fremont Body Guard Carving, Thompson Site, Giant City State Park.

Figure 6. Fremont Body Guard Carving, Thompson Site, Giant City State Park.

John Henry Angel, who served in the 6th Illinois Cavalry, may similarly carved his name on creek bedrock (Figure 7) as a warning to his southern leaning neighbors when he was home on leave. An officer in his regiment had in fact been shot to death by Union deserters only a few miles from where Angel carved his name.

Figure 7. “James Henry Angel, A U.S. Volnteer, 1861” Carving at Angel Site.

Figure 7. “James Henry Angel, A U.S. Volnteer, 1861” Carving at Angel Site.

The third site is located at Battery Rock, which was a landing on the Illinois side of the Ohio River during the Civil War (Figure 8). At least twice during the war southern partisan “rangers” from Kentucky blocked the Ohio River at this point and robbed passing steamboats of supplies and money. The Union Army rushed troops to Battery Rock in response, some of whom appear to have been from Indiana, who carved their names and an American flag on the rock face (Figure 9).

Figure 8. Battery Rock on the Ohio River

Figure 8. Battery Rock on the Ohio River

Figure 9. Civil War Flag Carving, Battery Rock

Figure 9. Civil War Flag Carving, Battery Rock

We expect all five nominations to be completed by next summer, with the three Civil War sites being the first historic period rock art sites within Illinois to be nominated to the NRHP.

 

 

ESRARA 2014 Conference

2014 ESRARA Conference

The 2014 ESRARA meeting is scheduled to be held at Natural Bridge State Park in southeastern Kentucky in April 3-5, 2014.

Surrounded by the Daniel Boone National Forest, Natural Bridge State Park is located in Powell and Wolfe Counties along the Middle Fork of the Red River, adjacent to the Red River Geologic Area. The 2,300 acre park contains a number of geological formations including a 65 ft high by 78 ft long sandstone arch after which the park is named. Facilities in the park include a lodge, cabins, and a full service restaurant.

A block of 20 rooms has been reserved for April 3 – 5, 2014 at the

Hemlock Lodge

Natural Bridge State Resort Park

2135 Natural Bridge Road

Slade, Kentucky 40376

Room Rate for April 3 – $54.95

Room Rate for April 4/5 – $107.95

A fee of $10.00 per each additional adult after 2 adults in the lodge rooms will be added to the above rates.

There will be a $2.00 resort fee added for each night of your stay. This fee will help maintain and preserve America’s most complete state park system with general upkeep and improvements at each park.

Rooms are available for check-in after 4:00 PM.

Check out time is 11:00 AM.

The block will be held until 5:00 PM on Monday, March 03, 2014. Each individual guest is responsible for making their own reservation before Monday, March 03, 2014 by calling the Hotel and identifying themselves as a member of the Group. All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-325-1710. Reservations cancelled after 7-days prior to the day of arrival may be charged one night room and tax.

Click here to register for the conference online

 

ESRAC 2014 - Call for Papers

Call for Papers

Eastern States Rock Art Research Conference

April 4-6, 2014

 

The 2014 Eastern States Rock Art Research Conference will be held at Natural Bridge State Park in Slade, Kentucky. Those interested in presenting a paper should send a 300 word or less abstract to :

Dr. Mark Wagner

Center for Archaeological Investigations

3479 Faner Hall—Mail Code 4527

Southern Illinois University

1000 Faner Drive

Carbondale, IL 62901-4502

Phone—618-453-5031

Email—mjwagner@siu.edu

 

The deadline for abstract submission is March 15, 2014. All electronic submissions should be in Microsoft Word format. Participants will be allocated 15 minutes for their presentation. Both a digital projector and slide projector will be available for use. Please let Mark know if you have any additional equipment needs.

Accommodations—A block of rooms is being held until March 3, 2014 at the Hemlock Lodge at Natural Bridge State Park.  Rates are $54.95 for April 3, and $107.95 for April 4 and April 5.  To make reservations call 1-800-325-1710 and indicate you are with the ESRARA Conference.

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In Memoriam: Dr. Fred Coy

Dr. Fred Coy

It is with great regret that we report the passing of the first president of ESRARA, Dr. Fred Coy, on January 10, 2014. Dr. Coy was not a professional archaeologist but rather an orthopedic surgeon with an abiding love of Native American rock art. This passion led him to seek out and document Native American rock art sites within his native state of Kentucky over a period of over 50 years. Fred, along with Tom Fuller, James Swauger, and Larry Meadows, synthesized the results of this research into an outstanding volume entitled “The Rock Art of Kentucky” published by the University Press of Kentucky in 1997. This book, which  remains one of the best examples of a regional rock art study produced to date, did much to help revitalize the study of Native American rock art in the eastern United States.

Fred&Emily

Fred and his wife Emily were a fixture at ESRARA, Society for American Archaeology (SAA), and Southeastern Archaeological Conference (SEAC) meetings for many years. Visiting and going out to dinner with them  was always one of the highlights of any of these meetings. I (along with many others) still remember the time at a SEAC meeting that Fred showed an absolutely hysterical episode of “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood” from the 1960s or 1970s in which James Swauger took Mr. Rogers to look at a rock art site in Ohio.  I can guarantee that more people remember Fred’s showing of that video than any other presentation they may have attended at those same meetings.

Even into his late 80s and 90s, when he was in ill health, Fred still visited as many rock art sites as he could as part of various ESRARA tours held in Illinois, Alabama, Arkansas, and other locations. This year’s ESRARA meeting, which is going to be held at Natural Bridge State Park in Kentucky, was specifically intended to honor Fred as well as marking the 30th anniversary of the organization (ESRARA) that he helped found. In closing, all I can say on the part of those of us who had the pleasure to know Fred over the past 30 or more years, is that his presence will be sorely missed. The Natural Bridge conference as well as all future ESRARA meetings simply will not be the same without him. To his wife Emily, who survives him, we extend our deepest sympathies.

 

Mark J. Wagner

President, ESRARA

International Federation of Rock Art Research Organizations 2013 Meeting

The International Federation of Rock Art Research Organizations (IFRAO) meetings were held this year in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from May 26-May 31, 2013. ESRARA members who attended included Mark Wagner, Jan Simek, Carol Diaz-Granados, JIm Duncan, and George Sabo. All of the above people as well as Jerry Hilliard and Jannie Loubser gave presentations at a symposium entitled “Recent Rock Art Research in the Eastern United States” that was held on Tuesday morning, May 28.

In the afternoon the symposium participants toured Petroglyph National Monument, which is located on the edge of Albuquerque. This is a fabulous site consisting of literally thousands of petroglyphs that were created by pecking through the dark rock varnish covering the exteriors of the volcanic boulders that litter the hill side. Unfortunately, as in the east, although the majority of the petroglyphs are still in a good state of preservation, a number also have suffered damage from people attempting to remove them or shooting at them.